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Steel rims: Any way to improve braking power?(5 posts)

Steel rims: Any way to improve braking power?mdehner
Dec 11, 2003 5:21 PM
My winter beater has 27-inch steel wheels, which don't like to stop well in the rain despite my use of salmon Kool-Stop brake pads. Any suggestions? Can one sand or otherwise rough-up the rims to improve braking? Thanks.
Disc brakes! Wow. The only reason I would ever considerSpunout
Dec 11, 2003 5:51 PM
using discs on a road bike, is if you had steel rims. Now, why do you have steel rims? It would be easier to re-build with Al rims than move to a disc brake system.

Thanks, but it's my junkermdehner
Dec 12, 2003 8:23 AM
paid $5 for it at a yard sale, trying to keep it cheap and simple. Only 'upgrades' so far were the fenders, new tires, and brake pads.
Pretty much hopelessKerry Irons
Dec 12, 2003 6:22 PM
You might look at the entire braking system to figure out how to get more of your lever force to the rims (cable friction, brake adjustment, etc.) but steel rims in the wet means you'll never wear out a tire from skidding to a stop. More likely, you'll glide through intersections with a look of panic in your eyes.
The answer: Aluminum rimsPaulNYC
Dec 13, 2003 10:28 PM
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